The Beautiful Exchange / check out my recent blog. God has something for you.

February 7, 2013 - One Response

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV84)

I’m grateful I’m a new creation because of what Christ did on the cross & because He lives in me. Notice, it has nothing to do w/me but everything to do w/Christ. The old me has gone, the old attitudes, habits, behaviors, thoughts have gone – bye bye bye. The new me has come. The new me is God’s child & the new in me is the fruit of the spirit. Again, it’s simply because of Christ. My choice, your choice, to follow Christ changes things for the good, makes us brand new.

When my old self tries to creep up – like pain in my body, or lack mentality or frustration – I lay it at the cross & ask Jesus to replace it w/the new – His healing, His perspective, His peace, His joy. I call that the beautiful exchange. My old for His new. It can only be found in Christ.

I want to encourage you my friends – He wants you to experience the beautiful exchange, right here, right now – your old for His new. You can bring it to the cross & wait to receive His gift, His new for you. He loves you, You are His, You are a new creation.

Prayer: Father in Jesus Name I thank you that you make me brand new. Today, I choose to give you ______my old & I ask you for your new for me. I want to experience the beautiful exchange you have for me. Thank you Jesus for making me brand new. Amen.


Who Are Those Shepherds Anyway? (brief read)

December 14, 2012 - 2 Responses

Luke 2:8-20
The angels appeared to the Shepherds and told them the Messiah was born. Shepherds were ordinary people like you and me. They were doing their job, guiding and guarding their sheep. Doesn’t that sound familiar? We are all shepherds, especially parents, because we are guiding and guarding our children.

What I learned from the shepherds:

1. God speaks. God chose to speak to the Shepherds. They were not kings, not politicians, not celebrities, not rich. God chooses to speak to you and through you.

I was in the mall shopping and ready to go home. exhausted. I saw this lady walking with a cane and sensed the Holy Spirit say go and pray for her. I tried to reason – I’m tired, I don’t know her. But I turned around and asked her if I could pray. She welcomed my prayer and even commented that she felt God forgot about her. God speaks to us and through us to bring good news.

2. Like God included the shepherds – God includes everybody – He loves you and cares for you and your loved ones even more than you do.

Since I met my Savior, I prayed for my whole family to know Him. One by one they came to Christ, except my brother in law. After 18 years of praying and loving him, he surrendered his heart to Jesus. God includes everyone in His family.

3. God gives us direction. The angel told the Shepherds where to find the baby and what to say.

When I was searching for a church home, I went to all kinds of churches and finally found Shoreline. I walked in the door and found peace, love and acceptance, I was at home. Gods eye was on me then and still is.

4. God blesses obedience. When the Shepherds went, they found the baby Jesus and shared wirh Mary and Joseph as instructed. They returned from their journey glorifying and praising God for all they experienced which was just as they had been told.

Just last week I was blessed for being obedient – there was a homeless lady on the corner and I dug in my purse and gave her $5 and I saw this little lotion that smells so good. I sensed the nudging of the Holy Spirit to give her not only the money, but the lotion- I thought it odd but I did it. The look on her face when I gave her the lotion was priceless. You would have thought I gave her a million bucks. I was so blessed for being obedient.

Again, last week I met a girl who was struggling with fear, prior to that, I was getting ready and put one of my favorite bracelets that said, “Fearless”, well guess what the Holy Spirit asked me to do? You got it, give her my bracelet. You think I wanted to? No, but I did it, I was obedient. I’m still waiting for that blessing.

Let’s remember the reason for this Christmas season. It’s not the lights, though I love the lights. It’s not the gifts I so enjoy, it’s not the yummy sweets that add to my waistline, or the crazy sweater parties or even the kisses under the mistletoe.

Christmas is about knowing and sharing the good news.

Let’s bring our Savior with us wherever we go and whatever we do. We will be blessed because it’s always a great adventure.

Why We All Need Community, Yes Even You.

December 9, 2012 - One Response

1. We learn together from God’s Word and from each other’s experiences. The bible calls it, “as iron sharpens iron.” In Proverbs 27:17. The older generation can help coach or mentor the younger generation. When I first got married, I didn’t have a clue how to be a wife. Seriously, it wasn’t until I saw how to be a Godly wife modeled, I learned. When women speak truth into my life, I changed. After 20 years I’m still learning.
You can do that for other women as well, regardless of your age or your experience. You have something to learn and you have something to share.

2. Burdens are cut in half, needs are met. God is our Source. He allows people, His children to be a resource for others. We are here to serve one another and meet each other’s needs.
Acts 4:34 There were no needy persons amongst them.
In a small group of couples – there was a precious couple who was not married yet, living together with a baby on the way. They knew they should get married, they wanted to but didn’t have the financial resources to do so. Their small group rallied around them and gave them a wedding. Somebody got a cake, somebody else flowers, another the food and someone else even provided the wedding dress. My husband officiated the ceremony and we still talk about how precious it was. Not one couple could pull that off, but a group of 8 couples could. This precious couple’s burdens were lifted because they were in community. An added bonus was their family and friends were able to witness the goodness of God on their behalf and the love of their group.

3. Joys and celebrations are doubled. Acts 2:46-47 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.
It’s so much more fun to celebrate with people than by yourself. Congratulations to me, just doesn’t cut it. My sister is getting married and she has wanted to get married since she was a little girl. There were people praying for her, encouraging her, believing in her, fanning the flames of her dreams. She got engaged at Thanksgiving. Guess who is celebrating with her besides our immediate family? Her small group, her friends, yes, her community. It doubles the joy when you are involved in community. We can all celebrate the win.

4. Together we make a bigger impact for the cause of Christ than we can alone. Together, we can move mountains, together we can send 10,000 to flight, together we can reach our world.
I saw a homeless woman on the side of the road with a sign that said, “single mom.” I gave her five dollars and then grabbed a small lotion bottle and gave it to her. She smelled the lotion and was thrilled, as if I’d given her a million bucks.
Mission accomplished, she felt valued.

I believe with all my heart, if we are connected to God and each other we will be ok. We can make it through anything. I want to encourage you to get involved in community and live the life God has planned for you. It’s the best.

Right Isn’t Always Easy – brief read /Hey Girls, register for Shine2012

September 27, 2012 - One Response

I had my annual dental exam and cleaning on my day off. Not my idea of a great time, however, you do what you gotta do. That’s when I had the thought, “doing the right thing isn’t always easy.”
Then I went to thinking of some of the “right, not easy things,” I have the opportunity to do on a regular basis. As a mom, making a huge supper for two teenage boys at 9 pm on a week night after football practice when I’m ready for bed… Or driving to Leander and back a few times a day to get my son back and forth to school…. Or when I’m feeling the nudging to pray for a stranger (new friend) in the grocery store line when I’m in a hurry. You get it, the right thing isn’t always the easy thing.
The perfect example of this is when Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane struggling about going to the cross for you and for me. He was even sweating drops of blood (Luke 22:44). Well in the dentist chair, I was a bit anxious, but sweating blood, I don’t think so.

In the garden, Jesus surrendered to His Father, saying, “not my will but your will be done.” That moment of surrender was when Jesus got the strength to go to the cross.
As I was opening my mouth for the hygienist, I whispered, “I surrender to your will today Lord.” Pretty much instantly, I received peace, my shoulders relaxed, I took a deep breath and I was ok.
I wonder how much smoother life would be if we have the attitude of “not my will, but yours, Jesus”? Maybe more people would get prayed for in the grocery lines, I’d have more joy during late meals with my boys, and perhaps more peace as I’m driving back & forth to school.

I want to encourage you to start out the day with the attitude of “not my will, Lord, but yours be done”. Just wait and see the great adventure God leads you on. Maybe you will be praying for people or inviting them to church or your small group. Or maybe you will sponsor a girl for Shine or invite a girlfriend to come with you. All I know is submitting your will to God may not always be easy, but it is always right.

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Kindness – new blog post, quick read, hope you enjoy

May 23, 2012 - One Response

I was running errands the other day and stopped to get a cold drink at a drive through window. I pulled into the parking lot and there was a long line of cars. I let one car in before me and then another. Then I began to edge my car in line when all of a sudden a car came in behind me and the driver started beeping, cussing and showing me signs with her finger that I haven’t seen in a while. There were two small children in the back seat. My first thought was, “Hey lady, I’ve been waiting here a long time and have already let two other cars pass, and further more, do you realize the way you are carrying on in front of your kids?” You know the dialogue that goes on in your head when you’ve been misunderstood.
Then I was reminded that we all have blind spots and our perception can be distorted by our own blind spots. So I stopped the dialogue in my head, prayed for peace for that lady, protection for her children and forgave her for the colorful language and the finger motions she sent my way. It was then that I sensed the Holy Spirit prompt me to pay for whatever it is she ordered. I quickly reminded the Holy Spirit how much cash I had in my purse. He assured me that He provides whatever He prompts me to do. So, I was obedient to the Holy Spirit and paid for her items. I felt so much better and I hope she did too. I also prayed that it was a good experience for her children.

God desires for us to be kind to others even when we don’t feel like it or they don’t deserve it. Just as He is always kind to us no matter how we behave.
Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Another good resource is Colin Powell’s book Kindness Works.
Here is an excerpt: Always show more kindness than seems necessary, because the person receiving it needs it more than you will ever know. Kindness is not just about being nice; it’s about recognizing another human being who deserves care and respect. To the world, you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.

In conclusion, as we are kind and compassionate to all people, they will experience a touch of heaven and God’s tangible grace here on earth. Everybody wins! Let’s all be Kind today and everyday.

Power, Love And A Sound Mind

March 19, 2012 - One Response

2 Tim. 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.

I’m so grateful that God’s gifts to us does Not include fear. In fact, 1 John 4:18 Perfect love drives out fear.

God is love and gives us perfect love and therefore, there is no place for fear in our lives. Since God did not give us fear, when fear tries to creep up in our lives, we can slam the door on it. We have the authority to say, “No to Fear.” We don’t have to receive fear, because it’s not from God. Pretty simple isn’t it?

I appreciate when I’m reading God’s word and it’s clear and simple. Now implementing it is another story. What I do first is believe God’s Word and accept that it is true for me. Then I reject the lie that I’ve believed prior to the scripture reading and replace that lie with the truth. In this case, it is that fear is not from God, I believe it. What is from God? Power, Love and a Sound Mind. This is my truth and my replacement for that lie. Scripture both changes the atmosphere in a room and in my heart. I guess that’s why the Bible says its sharper than any two edged sword. Believing that God has given me Power, Love and a Sound Mind gives me peace and confidence and reminds me of the authority I have in Christ.

What about you? What truth from scripture has grabbed you lately? What has it done in regards to your daily living?

For me, 2 Tim 1:7 Reminds me that when I am feeling fearful, I can slam the door, renew my mind with the truth that I have power, love and a sound mind. This truth helps me when we are planning for college for my son James or when Robert is taking a test or doing flips off the stage.

This is my prayer for you and me:
Jesus, thank you for your truth that fear doesn’t come from you and you drive out fear with your perfect love. Thank you for power, love and a strong mind. I believe it and receive it and walk in this today. In Jesus mighty name. Amen.

I’d love to hear from you. What scripture are you standing on and walking in today?

Living For A Cause

March 16, 2012 - One Response

One of the things our family enjoys is to see a new film. I’ve had my eye on “Act of Valor.” I knew it would be an intense action movie and I like that. It was about real life experiences and that’s always intriguing to me. But I wasn’t expecting one of the insights I came away with.

I realized that every person on planet earth is living for a cause. #1. The Self Cause – it’s a narcissist way of life. It goes something like this, “it’s about me, it’s about what I want, what I can get and how it affects me.” The self cause is unsatisfying and lonely. It may be difficult being in relationship with someone who puts themselves first all the time. #2. The Evil Cause – this is a tough one to understand. Why would anyone intentionally live for evil? My guess is that a lot of these people are victims. They’ve been manipulated, threatened or brain washed. A good example of people living for the evil cause is the Taliban, Al-Queda, and Suicide Bombers. These folks usually end up destroying themselves and others, unless a miracle happens. #3. Living for a Cause that is noble and greater than yourself. These are people who really understand that we are here on earth to love, serve and give to others. These are people who put others’ needs before themselves and will strive to right the wrongs in their world.

Does this sound like someone you know? Check it out, Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

In the past, I have lived for the Self Cause and was not fulfilled. Now I have found peace, purpose and joy as I am now living for a cause that is noble and greater than myself. It is the cause of Christ, bringing value to humanity and bringing as many people to Heaven as I can. If I receive purpose and fulfillment then you can too.

Ask yourself the question,”What cause am I living for?”

God never ceases to amaze me, He will use anything to get our attention, even a movie.

Focus (2min read)

January 30, 2012 - 2 Responses

Though I’m not a gambling girl, I do enjoy watching a horse race now and then. Those strong beasts can not wait to get out of the gates, huffing and puffing, trying to kick the wood door down just to get to the finish line. I love that passion.

It’s interesting that the horses wear blinders on the side of their head to block their peripheral vision. The blinders help the horses focus on the finish line. Does that sound like something you need?

We all have seasons in our lives when we get distracted by all the circumstances and issues going on, both in and around us. It’s so easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged. When I get to that point, I can sense my peace leaving me. I start to veer into the other lane, away from my peace. All of a sudden, the peace is gone. What “blinders” can help me get back on the track to my peace? The Word of God can.

Isaiah 26:3
You will keep in perfect peace, whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.

I’m so relieved that God gives us perfect peace, flawless, thorough, complete peace. There is no other relief from the things that concern us.

The only way to get that perfect peace is to focus on Him. When we meditate or purposefully think about Jesus, what He did on the cross for our Eternal destiny, all His promises for our success today and all the victories He gave us yesterday – that can help us look toward the finish line.

When I feel distracted by my circumstances and I’m sensing God’s peace leaving me, I simply whisper the name of Jesus. I can sense the peace returning. I thank Him for what He’s already done for me at the cross. Here comes more peace. I agree with His promises for me today. I choose to trust Him with my future. Oh yes, the return of the perfect peace I so desperately need.

How about you, what do you do to get back or keep God’s perfect peace? I’d love to hear from you.

Will you please pray with me?

Jesus, thank you that you are the prince of peace. Thank you that you have a race for me to run and You are my prize, You are my trophy. Help me keep my mind on you and be quick to turn to you for my perfect peace. Thank you that I can trust you. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Who Are You Looking At? (1 min. read)

December 26, 2011 - Leave a Response

I am so very grateful that the blood of Jesus has brought me near to God and it’s not based on my own doing. I never would have gotten here if it depended on me. I don’t have what it takes. I’m not good enough or smart enough. Thank you Jesus that I don’t have to be. God sent Jesus to this earth to shed His powerful blood so you and I could be near Him. I love this Christmas season because it continues to point to Our Savior and everything He has done for us. It’s the perfect time to share with those who don’t know Him yet.

I want to encourage you to take time to meditate on the truth that the blood of Jesus has brought you near to God. You are no longer far from Him. There are people in your world that may be struggling with drawing near to God in their own strength. There are also people who desire to be near to God but don’t think they are worthy. Be bold and share with someone this week how simple it is to be near our loving, kind, forgiving God.

You know the truth that set you free, that same truth can set others free. Let them know they can stop looking at themselves and start focusing on the blood that was shed at the cross for all humanity. I’d love to hear your story, please share with me.

Connected To Love (2min read)

December 19, 2011 - One Response

1John 4:15-16a If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.

This is a fascinating verse to me. It is so simple, though profound.

Verse 15: If anyone ACKNOWLEDGES that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.

Can you imagine, if we simply acknowledge? Which means to recognize, express or take notice. Therefore, if we recognize that Jesus is the Son of God, express it in our heart and take notice in our minds, then He, God Himself, lives in you and me. Wow! That’s incredible. Boom, God lives in me because I acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God.

Because He lives in me and I in Him, I am totally connected to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and have access to all He has promised me. I have access to healing, because He says, “by His stripes I’m healed.” I have access to provision, because He says, “He will provide all my needs according to His riches and glory.” I have access to wisdom, because He says, “if I lack wisdom I should ask and He will give me all I need.” I have access to peace, because He is the prince of peace and He lives inside of me. This is so reassuring, it gives me so much confidence and peace and I don’t feel alone.

Verse 16: And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.

This verse reminds me to relax and take a deep breath because everything is going to be all right. It’s all in God’s hands and He loves me. I can trust Him and depend on Him because He loves me. He has my best interest in mind because He loves me. Because God is love, He can’t do anything but love me. No worries here, God is in control and He loves me. I am deciding to relax this season and let God love me, care for me and meet my needs. I will simple acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God and He lives in me. He’s got me covered. He’ll do the same for you just acknowledge His presence.
Merry Christmas.

scripture references:
1 Peter 2:24
Philippians 4:19
James 1:5